Note: this summer I spent just over three weeks in Australia, visiting my former San Francisco roommate and one of my best friends in the world. With a home base in Perth, we explored Kali's new city, took a roadtrip to wine country, and ran a marathon (because why not?). All of my Australia posts thus far can be viewed here.
I've passed the first week mark of my adventures in Perth! I'm visiting one of my closest friends, Kali, who has lived in Western Australia for the past ten months. She and her (awesome, Aussie) boyfriend have been great tour guides, so much so that I've been a bit too busy to post.
I took the photo above on the descent into Sydney (the second of my four flights to get here - but hey, the itinerary was practically free). Below are some shots from my very first days in Perth; more to come over the next few days.
The first morning here, Kal and I took a walk along the water while the boys surfed. The photos immediately above and below were shot somewhere around Scarborough, and we stopped at the Yelo Cafe mid-walk for some iced coffee. Something to keep in mind: here, "iced coffee" tends to have ice cream in it - so watch out, if you're not into all that.
Kal's birthday was on June 6. We celebrated with a three-hour morning yoga marathon, a picnic in the park (which is where I snapped a pic of the incredible gum tree above), and a dinner out with friends in Fremantle.
Luke had been trying to explain "caramel slices" to me pretty much since I arrived. No matter what he said, I couldn't stop imagining big pieces of caramel - which aren't really my thing. One morning, before a game of lawn bowls, we grabbed a slice at the Cottesloe General Store (apparently they have the best). We ate them near the beach, and I can happily report that it was divineeeee.
Let's take a moment to briefly discuss the beautiful white sand beaches and pastel colors popping off. Winter in Western Australia is just fine by me.
Apparently a storm had come through fairly recently, resulting in better surf than Perth usually gets. During my first few days in Perth, the water was filled with surfers bobbing up and down waiting to catch their waves. The sunsets have been beautiful, and I really have zero complaints about our lovely, laid-back first few days.
The apartment complex and tree above are right around the corner from where I'm staying in Mosman Park - for some reason I just really liked the view. The neighborhood is starting to feel like home, but with cool trees and unfamiliar foreign road signage, everything looks just different enough to remind me that I'm somewhere far away. More photos from adventures in Western Australia to come!